Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 3°C


Giovanni Pernice Born to Win review: Shirts optional for feisty night with Strictly star

PUBLISHED: 16:48 21 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:52 21 June 2018

Giovanni Pernice and Luba Mushtuk star in Born To Win. Picture: THE STRICTLY THEATRE CO

Giovanni Pernice and Luba Mushtuk star in Born To Win. Picture: THE STRICTLY THEATRE CO

Courtesy of Strictly Theatre Co.

A feisty Felixstowe audience gave Giovanni Pernice a little more than he bargained for on Wednesday as he brought his Born to Win tour to the Spa Pavilion.

The auditorium was already buzzing when the Italian stallion - his words - first took the stage and made it clear he was happy to play the sex appeal card. The crowd made it clear they were happy to play too. What followed was a masterclass in charm as he proceeded to wow everyone with his moves, his humour, his stories and, let’s be honest, his chest.

Actually named for a tattoo on his arm, the new show follows the story of his life from birth to Strictly Come Dancing professional, via the awkward adolescent years - please never dress like that again - his first love and a few different countries.

Backed by seven other professional dancers, he opened the show with an elegant ballroom routine before gyrating his way through a saucy Latin number to Ain’t No Other Man. There was also a high energy jive to music from Hairspray, a hop to Spain for the paso doble, some fantastic raunchy routines set to music from Chicago and an emotional rumba with his partner for the night, and new Strictly professional, Luba Mushtuk. Plus lots more.

At one point, members of the by-now-slightly-feverish audience were invited on stage for a “meal” - but the performers didn’t know what they had unleashed. The song was Whatever Will Be Will Be, and apparently what will be is chaos and a little light fondling.

For all that, Giovanni seemed to be having a wonderful time and it was almost like we had simply joined him for a night out on the town, shirts optional.

The performance was not without its faults though. The music transitions were a bit clunky and I felt the pairing with Luba lacked some chemistry. Also, I do wish she would stop looking at the floor - Craig Revel Horwood won’t stand for that.

Nevertheless, it was a thoroughly enjoyable night filled with high energy, smooth Italian charm, extremely talented professional dancers and occasional stage pyrotechnics. What’s not to like?

The cast took their bows to a worthy standing ovation and Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance With Somebody. Well, Giovanni, FYI I’m available.

The family of a brutally murdered Ipswich woman have made an impassioned plea for help in finally bringing her killer to justice, 25 years on.

Worried neighbours in an Ipswich street claim brazen drug dealing is taking place in front of children returning home from school.

There is good news for bargain hunters in Stowmarket as a discount store bids to make a return to the town.

A 17-year-old youth accused of being involved in a fight in the car park of an Ipswich McDonald’s restaurant during which a 16-year-old boy was stabbed has admitted an offence of violent disorder.

Police are looking to speak to a man in connection with incidents of stalking in the Norwich Road area of Ipswich.

Families on the Ravenswood estate have spoken of their disappointment after it was announced Rudolph and Santa won’t be passing through their streets this year.

Ipswich singer/songwriter Richard Osborne - who records under his surname - Osborne, has a worldwide hit on his hands with his debut dance single.

MP Dr Dan Poulter has demanded that Mid Suffolk Council takes action to ensure there is no development on land at Brockford in his constituency without planning permission.

Strictly Come Dancing attracts millions of viewers every Saturday evening to the BBC and the show has breathed new life into what has been a popular pastime in Ipswich for decades.

David Button will lead by example as he joins more than 400 fundraisers to brave the wintry weather on Christmas morning and run into the sea at Felixstowe.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24